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Old 11-29-2012, 06:16 AM   #1
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Small heater vs Furnace

Is it really going to save us any money to use a small heater at night vs turning the furnace up? Our house is complicated, lol. The front part of the house is about 60 years old and not greatly insulated and then we added on 700 sq feet in the back part of the house last year. Well , the back part of the house is so cold at night and the front part is just eeking warm air outside I think. Hubby keeps saying we need to get a small heater to put in the girls room at least. Their room is on the north side of the house and always colder then ours on the south. Is it really going to save some $$ to do that? Seems to me the electric from the heater would run just as high as turning the furnace up a notch.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: Small heater vs Furnace

We use electric blankets on the beds at night. I think they save $$ over keeping the whole house heated.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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We use electric mattress pads to heat up the beds.
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Re: Small heater vs Furnace

are those safe for kids though? I have a 3 year old and a 11 month old.
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I would not use either. A mama on here lost her little boy when a space heater malfunctioned.

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Re: Small heater vs Furnace

Well I would never use a space heater. Those arent supposed to be used inside anyways.
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Re: Small heater vs Furnace

When we were just using our fireplace with an insert to heat our home (also older and very drafty), we put a small space heater in DD's room and only ran it at night. My boys share a room on the 2nd floor with a wired in baseboard heater, and on super cold nights they would run it, otherwise they just had extra blankets and often shared a bed for extra warmth (they were 6 and 10 at the time). Our room is across from DD's but we have an electric heated mattress pad, and there are 2 of us, so we were plenty toasty warm. She was 3 at the time and needed just a little bit of extra warmth. We set it at 60 degrees for her room. Now that we are using our furnace, her room is the HOTTEST, so I have to put the furnace at 55 at night, otherwise she is burning up.

If you decide on a space heater, get a new one with some safety features, like cool to the touch, temp setting and auto shut off when tipped over.
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Re: Small heater vs Furnace

Are we talking about the same kind of heater? To me a space heater is the kind that sounds like a engine taking off , its hooked up to propane tank.
A small heater like you use in the house is just a heater.
http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=598&tbm=isch& tbnid=_QYxV4YS_tS1lM:&imgrefurl=http://bestspaceheaterreviews.com/finding-the-best-space-heater-for-a-barn/&docid=ei_DY3nj0CkRhM&imgurl=http://bestspaceheaterreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/space-heater-for-barns.jpg&w=250&h=250&ei=faq3ULmhHoWQ9QTz9oGoBA&zo om=1&iact=hc&vpx=830&vpy=4&dur=1&hovh=200&hovw=200 &tx=129&ty=53&sig=111669550854300289425&page=2&tbn h=143&tbnw=143&start=26&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:49,s: 0,i:307
Thats what I think when I read space heater.
Im talking about just using a small cool touch heater.
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I would not use either. A mama on here lost her little boy when a space heater malfunctioned.

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This is what I was going to say too. I recently wondered of someone shouldn't post a PSA since the weather is cooler now.
We use a small new heater in DD's room since she is above the garage and her room is freezing. However I use it to "preheat" her room while she has a bath and then turn it off before putting her to bed. I put her in a fleece sleepsack over her fleece footie pajamas and she has 2 blankets in her crib.
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Are we talking about the same kind of heater? To me a space heater is the kind that sounds like a engine taking off , its hooked up to propane tank.
A small heater like you use in the house is just a heater.
http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=598&tbm=isch& tbnid=_QYxV4YS_tS1lM:&imgrefurl=http://bestspaceheaterreviews.com/finding-the-best-space-heater-for-a-barn/&docid=ei_DY3nj0CkRhM&imgurl=http://bestspaceheaterreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/space-heater-for-barns.jpg&w=250&h=250&ei=faq3ULmhHoWQ9QTz9oGoBA&zo om=1&iact=hc&vpx=830&vpy=4&dur=1&hovh=200&hovw=200 &tx=129&ty=53&sig=111669550854300289425&page=2&tbn h=143&tbnw=143&start=26&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:49,s: 0,i:307
Thats what I think when I read space heater.
Im talking about just using a small cool touch heater.
I don't think the DS mama we are talking about had one of those in her son's room.
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